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Surgery in T-4 Days…

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The next four days cannot pass soon enough!  I’m focusing on my recovery period more so than the upcoming gall bladder surgery.  (at least that’s what I keep telling myself)  The truth is, no one wants to have surgery, but, in this case, I so want it behind me so I can move toward better health!  I’ve been on bed rest for the last three weeks since my ER visit and this is entirely contrary to my normal routine.  I’m usually very busy, so this little “vacation” of sorts, a miserable one at that, has been very strange.

The nurse called from the hospital yesterday to review my medical history, etc. and really put my mind at ease when we discussed my past vasovagal response.  She noted on my file for them not to place the i.v. in my hand, but in my arm rather.  What a huge answer to prayer this was!!  I really did not want to pass out again in pre-op, like I did previously with another surgery.  This offers a great deal of peace of mind for me and is so comforting to know they will respect my wishes.  Of course, I may have to remind the pre-op nurse of this on the morning of my surgery, but now I feel comfortable making my preference known and knowing they can accommodate it.

It is never a good feeling being out of control and that is exactly what a vasovagal response is.  It’s an involuntary reaction to pain or a situation that your physical body wants to escape.  And so, you pass out – sort of a self-preservation response.  So, I’m very glad to remove this scenario from possibly reoccurring altogether.

I’m so looking forward to feeling better!  I’ve been trying to reassure my kids (16 & 18) that this is a very routine surgery and I may be home the same day, etc.  They’ve been so concerned about me but I think they’re relaxing a little now.  I hope so.  I don’t want them to worry.  First of all, I know ultimately I’m in God’s hands and there is a great peace knowing that!  Secondly, I believe the surgeon is highly skilled and the hospital is very competent.  So, I believe my surgery should go smoothly and I’ll be on the mend very shortly.  This time next week, my body will be in the healing phase! Praise the Lord for that!

Then, I will recover for a couple months and have a hysterectomy.  (glutton for punishment, huh?)  Again, while I’m not looking forward to the surgery itself, I am excited about my recovery.  2016 will be a humdinger of a year but I know that God is walking beside me each step of the way and that gives me great peace!  I also am confident that He is working ALL things together for my good and His glory!  (Romans 8:28)

My husband and kids have been wonderful caretakers of me and I’m grateful for that.  I am, however, looking forward to resuming my normal responsibilities once I recover.

Last night our Bible study leader brought chicken, rice, salad and cupcakes for dinner, which was very thoughtful.  The kids were very excited.  And a couple neighbors have offered to bring dinner post-surgery too.  And our Bible study leader will bring dinner again next week.  We appreciate their kindness so much.  I think the last time we had someone bring us dinner was when our daughter was born – 18 years ago!  We are so accustomed to blessing others that sometimes it’s a little strange being on the receiving end.  Although if there ever was a time when someone needs a blessing – it’s when they’re going to have surgery, I have to say.

If you would, please say a prayer regarding my surgery and for peace for our family.  Thanks so much!  Blessings!

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…Be still and know that I am God.”  ~ Psalm 46:1,10

 

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Vasovagal and me …

This morning, I went to the dermatologist to have a mole under my eye removed, and it wound up being a little more eventful than anticipated.  *Sigh*  Every medical procedure I’ve ever had has been more “eventful” than I bargained for, but I digress…

The nurse injected the area under my eye with a numbing agent, like lidocaine, and a few minutes later, the physician’s assistant performed the necessary procedure.  I thought I was fine.  I didn’t feel any pain, and life was good… So, I thought!

A few moments later, my head began getting fuzzy, my ears were ringing and the room was turning black.  And, I wasn’t okay.  The nurse had me lie flat and took my blood pressure a few minutes later.  It was pretty low.  She brought in another nurse, who quickly got me a cup of water and some crackers.  They were both very kind and patient with me and my crazy reaction, and we enjoyed pleasant conversation for a short while during my recovery.  Slowly, I began to feel better and my blood pressure returned to somewhat normal.  I was finally able to get myself together and leave.

Vasovagal response is a fainting episode, often times as a result of anesthesia, pain, perceived major stress, etc.  I had never heard of this until I had neck surgery in 2012, and experienced it firsthand.  They decided a great location for the i.v. was the back of my hand.  Who thought this was a great place??  I don’t know, but it is painful.  Anyway, I was still in pre-op and my husband was talking away when I felt the room growing very black and my ears were ringing.  I couldn’t respond to my husband and I remember wishing he’d stop talking because I couldn’t answer him!  Haha! 🙂  I recovered and then went into surgery…

I just want to know why it is our bodies do things on their own volition?!  It reminds me of my dental file that has a big label on it:  “Gagger”!  What a charmer!  I can’t help it!  It is yet another annoying reflex my body displays.  I often say that as we age, it’s as if our body betrays us!  Can’t we all just play nice and get along?

I like to think of myself as pretty resilient and durable.  I am a mother of three, after all.  I am Wonder Woman.  I can survive the toughest of trials.  But, in recent years, my responses are beyond my control…and I don’t like it!  🙂

It is comforting to know that God is in control, even when I am not.  I’m glad to know that in times of great distress, God is the Rock that I cling to.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  ~  Psalm 46:1

I can rest in the knowledge that no matter the circumstances I find myself in, God cares for me and protects me wherever I go.

 

 

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